Traditionally, the Indian Pale Ale is a blonde to copper coloured beer with an alcohol content between 6 and 7% and spicy hopped. The beer style Black IPA is therefore actually a knee-slapper: the ever experimenting American brewers sometimes go so far over the edge that they end up with a beer that is hard to place. Once the limits of alcohol and over-hopped IPA's in the extreme were explored, they were playing with the color.
The interpretation of Emelisse is understated, exciting, balanced and challenging. Certainly not an easy beer, but one that this brewery clearly advertises and shows what it can do!